An Overview of Speaking Photoshop

Summary of Topics

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Chapter 1—An Overview of Bridge and Photoshop

Covers how to find, organize and open image files through Adobe Bridge. Introduces the Photoshop Workspace and familiarizes the reader with the basic menu commands, tools and panels.

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Chapter 2—Resizing, Cropping & Transforming

Addresses the differences between image size and canvas size and explains the importance of resolution to image quality. Also covers how to rotate, skew, distort or warp an image.

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Chapter 3—Creating Selections

Provides a comprehensive look at the various methods of selecting part of an image for further editing. Discusses the differences of aliasing and anti-aliasing and the effects of feathering.

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Chapter 4—Levels, Curves, Shadows/Highlights

Covers Photoshop’s major tools for correcting poorly exposed images. Explains the mechanics of histograms, how the various luminosity commands work and why they improve detail in an image.

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Chapter 5—Color Balancing Act

Explains the theory of color and how it comes to life through Photoshop. Readers will learn what to look for when color correcting images and what methods to use to improve color.

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Chapter 6—Retouching

Discusses how to complete valuable retouching tasks, such as creating gradient backgrounds, using specialized brush tips, cloning, healing, removing red eye and brightening teeth.

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Chapter 7—Layers & Layer Effects

Explores the power of layers. Covers layer blending modes, opacity, fill, layer effects, layer masks, clipping masks, and alignment and distribution.

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Chapter 8—Smart Objects, Filters & Vanishing Point

Covers the advantages of using Smart Objects and explores the unlimited possibilities of using Photoshop filters, including Vanishing Point.

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Chapter 9—Distort, Warp & Content Aware

Introduces the diverse distorting capabilities of Liquify and Puppet Warp. Also covers Content Aware Fill, Content Aware Scale and Content Aware Move.

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Chapter 10—Camera Raw, Photomerge & HDR

Explains the powerful features of Camera Raw for adjusting white balance, correcting exposure and more. Also demonstrates how to merge multiple photos into a seamless panorama with Photomerge and how to create a high dynamic range photo from multiple exposures using Merge to HDR Pro.

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Chapter 11—Extracting Images: A Hairy Proposition

Covers manual masking techniques and the powers of Select and Mask to extract images that contain hair. Includes compositing tips on placing an image into a background with a different white balance or exposure.

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Chapter 12—Photoshop’s Vector Capabilities

Covers Photoshop’s abilities to create vector paths, shapes, strokes and type. Includes tips on how to create paths and edit on-the-fly using the Pen tool.

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Chapter 13—Output for Print & Web

Explains how to prepare your image for output to print or the Web. Includes tips on printing to desktop printers, preparing images for four-color or spot-color offset printing, and saving optimized images for the Web.

Table of Contents

1. An Overview of Bridge & Photoshop

Use Adobe Bridge to Open and Manage Photoshop files

Accessing Bridge through Photoshop

The Bridge Workspace

Browsing through Files

Managing files in Bridge

Understanding Metadata

Opening Files from Bridge

The Photoshop Workspace

Navigating Around an Image

2. Resizing, Cropping & Transforming

Uncovering the Mysteries of Image Size

Canvas Size

The Crop Tool


3. Creating Selections

The Selection Tools

Marquee Selection Tools

The Lasso Tools

The Quick Selection Tool

The Magic Wand Tool

Color Range

4. Levels, Curves, Shadows/Highlights

Auto Exposure Adjustments

Making your job easy

Making your job not so easy

The Levels Command

Adjustment Layers

Nondestructive Editing

Adjusting Part of an Image



5. A Color Balancing Act

How is Color Created?

The Additive Color System

The Subtractive Color System

The Color Wheel

Finding the Color Wheel in Photoshop

Gamut! We Have a Problem

Balancing Color

Making an initial color analysis

Color Balance Adjustment Layer

Manual Levels Adjustments

Gray Point Eyedropper

Correcting Color with Curves

6. Retouching

An Overview of the Retouching Tools

Gradient Tool

The Brush Tool

Red Eye Tool

Clone Stamp Tool

Healing Brush Tool

Spot Healing Brush

Patch Tool

Which Tool is the best Cloner/Healer/Patcher?

Blur, Sharpen and Smudge Tools

Dodge, Burn and Sponge Tools

Brightening Teeth with Hue/Saturation

7. Layers & Layer Effects

Background Layer versus Regular Layer

Basic Layer Construction

Background Layer Attributes

Regular Layer Attributes

Converting between Background and Regular Layers

Blending Modes, Opacity and Fill

Locking and Linking Layers

Layer Effects and Layer Styles

Organizing and Moving Layers

Layer Masks

Clipping Masks

8. Smart Objects, Filters & Vanishing Point

Smart Objects

Smart Objects and Raster Images

Smart Objects and Vector Images

Editing Smart Objects

Using Smart Filters

Working with Filters

An Overview of Filters

The Sharpen Filters

The Displace Filter

The Clouds Filter

Vanishing Point

9. Distort, Warp & Content Aware


Puppet Warp

Content Aware Scale

Content Aware Move

10. Camera Raw, Photomerge & HDR

Camera Raw

An Overview of Camera Raw

Adjusting White Balance

Synchronize settings with other photos

Exiting Camera Raw

Tone Controls

Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation

Other Adjustment Tabs

Adjusting Part of an Image

Cropping and Straightening

Spot Removal Tool

Other Tools

Creating Panoramas with Photomerge

Merge to HDR Pro

11. Extracting Images: A Hairy Proposition

Manual Masking Techniques for Hair

Splitting Hairs with Select and Mask

12. Photoshop’s Vector Capabilities

Vector versus Raster Art

Vector Tools

Shape, Path or Pixels

Vector Shapes

Paths and the Pen Tool

Creating Paths

Putting Paths to Use

Setting Type

Point Type

Paragraph Type

Type Options

Type on a Path

Putting it all Together

Compose the Main Graphic

Add a Gradient Background

Create a Map of Africa

Set the Type

13. Output for Print & Web


Preparing Images for Offset Printing

CMYK Images


Spot Color Images

Saving Images for the Web

Understanding Web File Formats

Optimizing Line Art

Optimizing Photos